Closing Date: 7th February, 2023


Under the general direction of the Supervising Administrative Law Judge, the Administrative Law Judge is assigned to hear and decide judicial matters arising under the Labor Code and California Code of Regulations relating to workers' compensation and related laws and does other related work within the Division of Workers' Compensation.

Permanent, full-time position
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40-hour work week)

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies in accordance with 2 CCR 249.3.

Please see the link to the exam bulletin to take the exam and establish list eligibility

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions:
Position is located at:
320 W. 4th Street, 9th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1954

The incumbent works in an air conditioned office building with natural and artificial lighting as well temperature control. In addition, the incumbent works in a cubicle in close proximity to others. The position is required to work extensively on computers as necessary for drafting documents, conducting research, drafting email communication, and other purposes.

Department Information:
Department Info
  • The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was established in 1927. Its mission is to improve working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR administers and enforces laws governing wages, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs, and medical care and other benefits for injured workers.
  • Electronic Submission of Applications preferred. Application Packages maybe submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. on or before the above final filing date.
  • Please only submit ONE application. Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.
  • If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 and application package to the mailing address provided in the “Application Instructions” section below and ensure the following:
    • Clearly indicate the Job Code #, Position Number and the Title of this position in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.
    • Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility (cert, transfer, reinstatement, etc.) in the “Explanations” section located on the first page of your State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678.
    • Remove and do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678. This page is for examination use only.
    • Do not include your full Social Security Number on your documents and/or do not provide any LEAP information.

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Desirable Qualifications:
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Knowledge of principles and provisions of the Labor Code and regulations pertaining to workers' compensation insurance and safety.
  • Knowledge of leading court decisions on the subject of California Workers' Compensation Law.
  • Knowledge of how to conduct court proceedings.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence governing such proceedings, and laws relating to serving notices, taking depositions, and issuing subpoenas.
  • Knowledge of medical, physiological, anatomical, and occupational terminology in relation to cases of industrial injury.
  • Knowledge of the purpose and organization of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and Division of Workers” Compensation.
  • Knowledge of procedures before the Workers' compensation Appeals Board.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods and performing such research.
  • Knowledge of the underlying philosophy of workers' compensation legislation.
  • Knowledge of the California Code of Judicial Ethics.

Excellent listening skills to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Excellent writing skills understanding written sentences and paragraphs, spelling and grammar.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Decision making skills and problem resolution skills.
  • Using logic and reason to identify the strengths, and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Bringing others together and reconciling differences.
  • Excellent organizational skills to be able to prioritize work and ensure that decisions are issued timely.
  • Manage a busy and contentious environment.
  • Interacting with multiple staff members and members of the community.
  • Patience.

Experience performing legal research.
  • Experience participating in hearings in a manner that will obtain all pertinent evidence and secure the confidence and respect of all parties.
  • Experience analyzing and appraising legal problems, and applying legal principles and precedents to a particular set of facts.
  • Experience making accurate summaries of evidence and preparing appropriate findings, awards, orders, and other legal documents relating to compensation litigation.
  • Experience analyzing situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
  • Experience communicating effectively at a level required to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Experience with computer programs including Microsoft office.
  • Ability to work in a busy office environment for an eight hour work day.
  • Ability to get along with others.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to make a timely decision.

Special Requirements:
The Administrative Law Judge must adhere to the California Code of Judicial Ethics and be a member of the State Bar of California.